Lake KissimmeeOsceola County

Lake Kissimmee is a 34,948-acre lake located 40 miles south of Orlando and 18 miles east of Lake Wales.

There are quite a few fish camps in the area. For further information on Lake Kissimmee or a listing of the fish camps, please contact the Kissimmee Fisheries office at (407)846-5300.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for the Kissimmee Chain External Website.

Current Forecast

Largemouth bass can be located in shallow water at certain times of the day during these months (usually during mornings and evenings), but typically will seek refuge from the midday heat in areas of the lake having cooler, deeper water. With this in mind, anglers too should choose the cooler morning and evening hours of the day to enjoy their trips when these fish are usually a little more eager to feed.  If anglers brave the midday heat, they should be mindful of the high probability of thunderstorm activity and not forget about sun protection.  Bass anglers fishing in and around vegetative communities on the south and west sides of Brahma Island and near the Pig Trail with live bait (golden shiners) have had good luck in the past.  Also, trolling shiners offshore at the mouth of the lakes Hatchineha/Kissimmee canal (C-37) and along vegetation associated with the channel north of State Road 60 should account for some good action.

For those bass anglers choosing to use artificial lures, 1/4 oz or 3/8 oz white or pearl colored spinnerbaits will be a good choice.  These lures, along with top-water propellored baits (Devil’s Horse and Tiny Torpedoes), Buzz-baits (lunker lures) and soft-bodied jerkbaits (white, Arkansas shiner, watermelon and motor oil colored), used around Ox Island, 27-Palms and Grassy Island should give anglers a good chance at some exciting action.  Deep-diving crankbaits (shad colored) fished near deeper areas of the lake (channels or bottom irregularities) could also account for some nice stringers.  In addition, the ever-popular plastic worm (black grape, red shad and junebug colored) should be included in anglers tackle boxes for use within and around edges of open-water vegetation.  

During this time of year, baitfish (shad) can usually be seen congregating at or near the surface in open water.  It is common knowledge among the angling community that bass will follow these baitfish schools in an attempt to satisfy their hunger.  Anglers that locate these baitfish schools should try their luck with lip-less crankbaits (Rattle Traps and Hot Spots), top-water baits (Pop-R and Chug Bugs) or swimbaits (shad colored).

Spawning activity by bluegill will continue in earnest during these months.  Anglers should seek out areas of the lake having clean, sandy bottoms, and use live bait (crickets or red wigglers) fished just off the bottom (split-shot sinker placed 5-6 inches above the bait).  Native vegetated areas north and south of Overstreet’s Landing, Ox Island, Philadelphia Point, 27-Palms and Brahma Island should not be overlooked as possible waters to be tested.  Speckled perch (black crappie) action typically is somewhat slower during these months, but respectable stringers can be obtained by fishing with minnows at the edges of vegetation near Bird and Brahma islands and along vegetation associated with the channel north of State Road 60.  Black crappie anglers will need to move around within these areas in order to increase their chance of locating these scrappy fighters.

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